The sentencing of a groom guilty of sparking a massive fire at Peckforton Castle near Nantwich has been delayed.

Max Kay has pleaded guilty to arson after he set fire to the attraction in June 2011 during his own wedding.

He was due to be sentenced yesterday (March 13) but this has now been delayed to next Wednesday March 21.

The fire caused £6 million damage to the venue and sparked a mass evacuation of almost 200 guests and staff, including 11 children.

Kay, 36, of Waylands Drive, Hunts Cross, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to arson that was reckless as to whether life was endangered at Chester Crown Court on December 2, 2011.

The fire broke out in a wing of the castle at around 5am on Sunday June 19 this year.

Kay, a property developer and father-of-two,  and his wife had rowed with staff and the owners of the castle over money.

The castle’s owners have since completed an amazing renovation of the damaged areas of the venue, and staged a re-launch party last month.

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